Grantham health debate: Panel faces tough questioning on changes to healthcare for BBC programme

The panel at the BBC Radio Lincolnshire health debate in Grantham. From left Dr Suneil Kapadia, Dr Vindi Bhandal, Allan Kitt and Andrew Morgan.
The panel at the BBC Radio Lincolnshire health debate in Grantham. From left Dr Suneil Kapadia, Dr Vindi Bhandal, Allan Kitt and Andrew Morgan.
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A debate on planned changes to healthcare in the county was recorded this afternoon at Grantham Museum for a broadcast later today on BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

The debate, hosted by Rod Whiting, centred on the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) which will change the way healthcare is delivered in the future.

But much of the discussion focussed on the closure of Grantham A&E following a staffing crisis at the other A&E units in Boston and Lincoln run by United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT). The closure, since August, has allowed staff to be tranferred to the other sites in a bid to relieve the pressure on this sites.

The panel was made up of ULHT medical director Dr Suneil Kapadia, GP and chair of South West Lincolnshire CCG Dr Vindi Bhandal, chief officer of South West Lincolnshire CCG Allan Kitt and CEO at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust Andrew Morgan.

The programme will be broadcast on BBC Radio Lincolnshire this evening from 6pm to 7pm.

Read an in-depth report on the debate in Friday’s Journal.